I read a story recently about a teacher who donated a kidney to one of the students at her school. Her selfless attitude convicted me. She saw a need, her heart was moved and she had a way of meeting the need. Her simple act of kindness saved the young lady’s life, and changed both of their lives forever.
When someone gives a piece of their life for your own, how do you respond to that?
I was convicted by this story because I realized how intro-centered I am. Would I be willing to donate a kidney for someone else? Maybe. Probably.
How can I show kindness to others if I’m not looking beyond the four walls of my home? Beyond the needs of my family?
Yes, I am called to nurture our two boys, to be a help-meet, companion, friend, lover to my husband. But, I find it far too easy to not look beyond these three men in my family. Am I missing opportunities because my eyes are focused on me more than those around me?
I know I’m in a season of life where my focus should be on my family. And I’m good with that. But, I’m also challenged to pray for eyes to see the opportunities God offers me to reach out to others with kindness. Maybe through a note written and mailed to encourage another, or cooking a meal for someone who’s sick . . . Or, donating a kidney or bone marrow for someone in need.
I want to be about the work God has for me, not overly focused on the work I have for me. When I’m still before the Lord, when my spirit is listening to His promptings? I may see opportunities to show simple acts of kindness to others.
When I am focused on completing my own agenda, my spirit isn’t really resting or listening. It’s busy, not still.
There’s a balance between doing the necessary things to care for my family and being open to making detours in my day because the Lord nudges me. I’m still learning how to walk in that balance.
And that young lady who received the kidney? She’ll be graduating from her high school in June. And going on to become a nurse.
You just never know how one simple act of kindness will impact another person.
What about you? When has an act of kindness changed you? How do you show kindness to others?